Anna Kohler in I am Bleeding All Over the Place



Presented as part of “Brooke O’Harra: I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in directing or nine encounters between me and you” (May 16–24) and the spring R&D Season: VOICE.

O’Harra’s “I am Bleeding All Over the Place…” is a protracted performance in the form of a series of studies on directing. The New Museum presents the first three of nine studies that comprise this two-year project. Each iteration takes a variety of forms: Some will be clearly scripted, scored, and rehearsed to perfection, while others will be developed or literally “written” in front of an audience. This examination of the director’s role through different encounters argues that bodies are never neutral. “I am Bleeding All Over the Place” proposes a kind of theater where each person operates as both reader and maker, and where the potency of a performance happens in the experiential, emotional, and phenomenological gaps produced by the encounter of bodies. Each study assumes the form of a public encounter.

“It’s personal.” is the third study in O’Harra’s ongoing project “I am Bleeding All Over the Place.” For this study, O’Harra invites John Jesurun to join her in directing and presenting the project texts (written by O’Harra, Kosmas, Courtney, and Schreck). Both directors will present rehearsed scenes using the same performers (who include Blackwell, Davis, Husiak, Kohler, and Caitlin McDonough-Thayer) and texts (from the earlier encounters). The event will be framed by a filmed conversation with legendary downtown writer and director Jeff Weiss.

A complete list of programs organized as part of, or in conjunction with, “Brooke O’Harra: I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in directing or nine encounters between me and you” includes:

May 16 – I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Are we in conflict?

May 17 – I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Show me.

May 23 – I am Bleeding All Over the Place: It’s personal.

May 24 – A conversation on a few topics relevant to actors, playwrights, directors, and artists, including gender, the everyday, and the extraordinary problem of “conflict removed“*

Brooke O’Harra is a freelance director. She is also Cofounder (with composer Brendan Connelly) of the Theater of a Two-headed Calf and has developed and directed all of their productions. Her most recent Two-headed Calf production, the opera project “You My Mother,” had two runs in NYC, one in 2012 at La Mama ETC and one in 2013 at the River to River Festival. O’Harra also directed, wrote for, and performed in the Dyke Division of Two-headed Calf’s live lesbian soap opera “ROOM FOR CREAM.” O’Harra is currently working on several projects: two performance projects with her partner Sharon Hayes—“Times Passes” (the Performing Garage, NYC) and “Act Two” (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam); a new musical with Lisa D’Amour and Connelly using Jack Spicer’s “Billy the Kid” poem; and “I am Bleeding All Over the Place: Studies in Directing, or Nine Encounters Between Me and You” at the New Museum. She is an Assistant Professor at Bates College.


“Brooke O’Harra: I am Bleeding All Over the Place” is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional support for artist residencies is made possible by Laurie Wolfert.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.

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The Harvard vs MIT Musical – We’ll Get it Right

June 7 | Sat | 3pm | We’ll Get it Right, the MIT vs Harvard Musical,  commissioned by the MIT Class of 1954 in honor of its 60th reunion, written by Michael Ouellette with music and lyrics by Martin Marks, Michael Ouellette and Charles Shadle.  Co-produced by Joseph Blake ’54, Harvey Steinberg ’54 and  Ellen T.  Harris, MIT Professor of Music Emeritus ’54H.  Kresge Little Theater. Free.  Tickets required and available at the door.

June 9 | Mon | 7:30pm | We’ll Get it Right.  Kresge Little Theater.  Free and open to the public.  No tickets required.

For more information, click HERE.

we'll get it right poster Apr9

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Levitan Award Recipients in Music

DavidDeveauPatty tangMIT Senior Lecturer  in Music David Deveau and Associate Professor of Music Patricia Tang are both 2014 recipients of the  James A. and Ruth Levitan Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Dean Fitzgerald said, ”This prize honors those instructors in our School who have demonstrated outstanding success in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students. These great educators, who are nominated by students themselves, have really made a difference in the lives of our remarkable students — and are among the finest academic leaders in the School. Warmest congratulations!”

The Levitan award recognizes SHASS teachers—professors, lecturers, and graduate teaching assistants—who make a profound difference in the educational experience of MIT undergraduates.

Nominations are made, by students themselves, through the course of the academic year, and reflect the positive role that our educators play in the day-to-day, week-to-week efforts of MIT students as they engage with and excel in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

The 2014 award recipients were chosen by the SHASS Education Advisory Committee, chaired by Associate Dean Kai von Fintel, which included Fotini Christia (Political Science), Myke Cuthbert (Music), Peter Donaldson (Literature), Heather Paxson (Anthropology), Martin Hackl (Linguistics and Philosophy), and Elise Ruan ’14.

Award-winning faculty members and lecturers each receive $2,000 in research funding; graduate student Teaching Assistants receive $1,000.


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MIT Theater Arts at Rinaldi

FINAL Spring 2014 Performance Week

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Mark Harvey’s “No Walls” at City Hall

10245306_10152431590966122_6766568582187975330_nFROM THE JAZZBOSTON FB PAGE:
JazzBoston and Boston jazz made history at noon on April 30 when live jazz filled the City Council Chamber for the first time ever. At the Council’s invitation, we brought a band to celebrate International Jazz Day, another first for the City of Boston, with a performance of “No Walls,” Mark Harvey’s composition and the official song of Jazz Week ’14. The Council then presented JazzBoston executive director Pauline Bilsky with a resolution recognizing International Jazz Day in the City of Boston and congratulating the organization on its efforts both to increase awareness of the importance of jazz in Boston’s cultural heritage and daily life and to use jazz to bring people together. Members of the quintet formed for the occasion were Arni Cheatham-saxophone, Bill Lowe-trombone, Jason Palmer-trumpet, John Funhouser-keyboard, and MIT student Adrian Grossman-electric bass. Special thanks to Councilors Michelle Wu and Tito Jackson for offering the IJD resolution and two additional resolutions praising JazzBoston and Bilsky for their contributions to the jazz community and the promotion of arts and culture in the City of Boston.

Photo by David Vittorini, Chief of Staff to Councilor-At-Large Wu.  — with Mark Harvey, Jason Palmer, Arni Cheatham, John Funkhouser, Adrian Grossman, Bill Lowe, Pauline Bilsky, Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu and Councilor Tito Jackson.

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Evan Ziporyn stars in Arthur!

Composer, clarinetist, and Professor of Music at MIT Evan Ziporyn, appears in an upcoming episode of Arthur.  Ziporyn was a founding member of the featured new music group Bang on a Can. The episode airs on May 14, 2014 on WGBH.  Arthur airs weekdays at 7am on WGBH2 and at 10:30am on ‘GBH Kids.

Arthur bannerWatch a clip: HERE

Muffy and Francine attend a performance by musical group Bang on a Can All-Stars. It’s like nothing they’ve ever heard before!



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Harbison premiere by Cantata Singers

Music-Harbison-12-8-13-133HARBISON WORLD PREMIERE
Cantata Singers

Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00 pm pre-concert discussion
8:00 pm Concert
Post-concert reception
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

Visit: Cantata Singers Website


Cantata Singers will celebrate its commitment to the continually rewarding exploration of Bach’s cantatas as well as to the creation of new repertoire for the canon in its final concert of the 50th anniversary season.  Cantata Singers and Emmanuel Music have co-commissioned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison to write The Supper at Emmaus, a new work for soloists, chorus and chamber orchestra.

J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude BWV 649, “Ach, bleib bei uns” orchestrated by David Hoose
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Miserere in C minor, ZWV 57
John Harbison: Supper at Emmaus **world premiere
Zelenka: Motets from Responsoria pro Hebdomada Sancta, ZWV 55
Bach: Cantata BWV 6, “Bleib bei uns, den es will Abend werden”

Lisa Lynch, soprano
Lynn Torgove, alto
Jason Sabol, tenor
Dana Whiteside, bass

Jennifer Webb, alto
Eric Perry, tenor
Mark Andrew Cleveland, bass

Zelenka (Miserere):
Karyl Ryczek, soprano

About the piece:
John Harbison, The Supper at Emmaus, a cantata on texts from Luke and I Timothy 1. Composed in 2014, this cantata is scored for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, four-part chorus, two oboes, English horn, bassoon, organ and strings. The work was commissioned jointly by Cantata Singers and Emmanuel Music, with generous support from David Rockefeller, Jr., the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, and Epp K. Sonin. The first performance of the outer choral movements was given on March 2, 2014, with the orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music, Ryan Turner, conductor. This performance by Cantata Singers is the first complete performance.

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Music, Science and Technology

MIT NEWS published profiles of two students in the MIT Symphony Orchestra, a credit-bearing performance subject in the Music and Theater Arts Section of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Priyanka Saha –

Nathan Kipniss –






Photos: Allegra Boverman




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MTA Events this Thursday through Sunday

long1 | Th | MTA Composer Forum presents: Florian Hollenweger. The Revolution is Hear! Sound Art, the Everyday, and Aural Awareness. 5pm, MIT Lewis Music Library, 14E-109.  Free. A reception will follow.

2 | Fri | Emerson Scholars Student Recital.  Ray Hua Wu ’16, piano. Shostakovich, Preludes, Op. 34, #16, 24; Wu, Barcarolle; Beethoven, Sonata Op. 109; Chopin, Nocturne, Op, 27, No. 2 and Scherzo, Op. 39. 12pm, Killian Hall.

2 | Fri | MIT Wind Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director. Kenneth Amis, Assistant Conductor. Dana Wilson’s Day Dreams; Creston, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Tina Kambil, ’16, soloist; Toch, Spiel for Wind Ensemble; Gossec, Symphonie Militaire; Wagner: Elsa’s Procession from the Cathedral; Ticheli: Postcard. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. Gen. adm. $5; Free via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email. Tickets: and at the door.

3 | Sat | Outdoor Concert. Rambax, MIT Senegalese Drum Ensemble, Lamine Touré, director. 3pm Stratton Student Center Steps. Rain Location: Lobdell, 2nd Floor, Stratton Student Center.  Free.

3 | Sat | Guest Artist Concert. Robert Crowe, male soprano; with Laura Gulley, Baroque violin; Naama Lion, Baroque flute; Daniel Rowe, Baroque cello; Seungok Lee, harpsichord; Victor Coehlo, theorbo. Bach, The Musical Offering, BWV 1079 and Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV, 1038; Händel, Nine German Arias, HWV 202-210.  Introduction by Handel scholar, Ellen T. Harris, Professor of Music Emeritus. 7pm, Killian Hall. Free.

Robert Crowe, described by the New York Times as “a male soprano of staggering gifts,“ is a member of perhaps the world’s smallest vocal category. His education was completed at the Manhattan School of Music, after receiving a master of music from Boston University School for the Arts. In 1995 he was only the second countertenor (and first male soprano) to be a National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition having his professional debut as ‘Cherubino’ at the Des Moines Metro Opera.  Mr. Crowe has sung on many stages in the US and in Europe.  He is completing a PhD in Historical Musicology specializing in the history of the castrati at Boston University.

4 | Sun | MIT Student Recitals
Emerson Scholar Student Recital. Stanislav Tsitkov ‘15, clarinet; Eileen Huang, piano. Françaix, Tema con Variazioni; Salieri, Carnivale de Venezia; Schumann, Fantasiestücke; Bruch, Selection from 8 Works for Clarinet and Viola. 

MIT Emerson Scholars Student Wind Recital.

2pm,  MIT Emerson Scholars Student Piano Recital.  Killian Hall.  Free.


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Keeril Makan receives Howard Fellowship

keerilmakan.sachs-1The Board of Administration of the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation awarded nine $33,000 fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients represent the fields of History, Music, Musicology, Playwriting, and Theatre Studies.  One of two fellowships in the field of Music was awarded to Keeril Makan, MIT Associate Professor of Music, for his Abandon Fear for orchestra.

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation was established in 1952 by Nicea Howard in memory of her grandparents. Miss Howard had a special interest in furthering the personal development of promising individuals at the crucial middle stages of their careers in the liberal and creative arts.

More about the Howard Foundation here.


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